Defund The Police

A Year After George Floyd’s Murder

from The Gray Area:

To celebrate George Floyd's life is wrong. He was not a good man. As a matter of fact, he was a bad man. To isolate for change, police brutality, that is appropriate. There is a glaring, and important distinction here.

by Heather MacDonald,
from The Wall Street Journal,

It’s ‘Open Season’ in Minneapolis. Homicides have more than doubled in a year. Three children have been shot in the past month.

After Floyd’s death, the Minneapolis City Council called for abolishing the police department and replacing it with a “new transformative model for cultivating safety.” Abolition didn’t happen, but “some folks” in the community got the message anyway that “they have a sort of open season on their enemies,” said Alicia Smith, the executive director of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization.

While police need to train relentlessly in de-escalation and sound tactics, they are not the problem in minority communities; criminals are. As long as the police are demonized and scapegoated, law-abiding residents of high-crime neighborhoods will continue to live in fear and wonder why no one protests when their loved ones are murdered by gangs with guns.

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